for tomorrow

George Campus

Sustained growth for NMMU’s George Campus

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George Campus) has grown dynamically over many years now and will focus on becoming  a world-class knowledge catalyst for the green economy, and a more sustainable future. We will realise this vision through cutting edge research and engagement,  quality teaching & learning  as well as competitive innovation and entrepreneurship.  

Prof Quinton Johnson Campus Principal

 

Unique NMMU Veldfire Management programme renders second group of graduates

The popular Higher Certificate in Veldfire Management offered at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s George Campus this year saw the second intake of students crossing the stage to receive this unique qualification. 

Three of the twenty graduates received the qualification Cum Laude.  The two top students in the programme -  John Harris  who completed the qualification part-time over two years, and Alichia Kapp who opted for the full-time version of the programme over one year - were congratulated by the visibly proud NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson at the on-campus Certification Ceremony on 30 March.

IT graduates in User Support boost for business

The second intake of students for the Higher Certificate in Information Technology in User Support Services introduced at the NMMU George Campus two years ago graduated on 30 March during the Certification Ceremony hosted on campus for Higher Certificate students across three faculties - Science ( Higher Certificate in Veldfire Management);  Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences (Higher Certificate in Business Studies) and  Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and IT  (EBEIT) (IT User Support Services).

Brian Bentlage, featured here with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, and Ms Sue Petratos from the EBEIT, was one of two IT User Support graduates who received their qualifications Cum Laude. 

Graduation joy... all the way from Sabie

Nosipho Mthalane (left) and   Phumlela Thanda (2nd from right) who graduated with the National Diploma: Wood Technology from NMMU George on 31 March, with their proud lecturers, Barry Muller (left) and Richard Muller (right) who is also the programme co-ordinator for this qualification.   Nosipho, who is already employed by industry in Sabie, travelled all the way to Durban to join her family, from where they travelled together to George for the graduation ceremony on 31 March. Back in George she also collected her mountain bike (as she was part of the Madibaz MTB in 2016) to cycle the forests and mountains of Sabie.

Academic merit acknowledged

Cllr Memory Booysen (right), Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, joined the Campus Principal and other stakeholders in congratulating excelling students at the NMMU George Campus during the annual Academic Merit Awards aimed at acknowledging students who excelled academically (obtained a weighted average of at least 75% for the number of prescribed modules without failing or repeating any one of them) in the previous year of study.  Lezaan Fourie received accolades for being the best fourth year student in the BEd (FET) programme, as well as the Dux Student for the duration of her studies (2013 – 2016), while Lisakhanya Ndovela was acknowledged as the Dux student, BTech Wood Technology Degree for 2016.

New entrants to the education sector applauded

Stakeholders from the education sector attended an engagement event with NMMU education graduates (BEd FET Degree) on the afternoon prior to graduation. The students and stakeholders, including NMMU staff,  were captured at the George Campus with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (front, sixth from left) and the Executive Dean of Education, Dr Muki Moeng (right).

Graduation celebrations for NMMU George “Madibaz Diamonds”

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s graduation season commenced on a high note with a record number of students who completed their studies at the university’s George Campus crossing the stage to receive their qualifications during two sessions on 30 and 31 March 2017.

This year students graduated with qualifications in five faculties – Science, Business and Economic Sciences; Education; Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology, as well as Law.  

Bachelor of Commerce degrees, including the BCom Accounting for Chartered Accountants degree, accounted for about a third of the qualifications awarded in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences (BES), with the National Diplomas in Management, Marketing and Tourism Management also making up about a third.

The introduction of new qualifications in the past two years saw the first set of students this year qualifying with the Higher Certificate in Business Studies (BES), as well as the Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law Practice.

The George Campus graduation, the first of seventeen NMMU graduation sessions this season, was also characterised by a significant growth in the number of students who qualified with advanced qualifications, such as the Bachelor of Technology degree in the Agricultural Management, Forestry, Game Ranch Management, Nature Conservation and Wood Technology programmes.  Close to 20% of George Campus students who were awarded the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree passed Cum Laude.

The degree Master of Education, was awarded to Christina Auerbach Cum Laude, with her dissertation titled, THE POWER OF SOUND: REFLECTIONS ON AN INTERVENTION PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP ASPECTS OF MINDFULNESS (Supervisor:  Prof Alette  Delport).

Masters of Science

Stefan Goets was awarded the degree MSc (Nature Conservation). His dissertation is titled, SEED ECOLOGY AND GROWTH COMPARISON OF NATIVE (VIRGILIA DIVARICATA) AND INVASIVE ALIEN (ACACIA MEARNSII AND A. MELANOXOYLON) PLANTS:  IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION. (Supervisor:  Dr Tineke Kraaij, Co-supervisor:  Dr Keith Little). 

All three MSc (Forestry) graduates from George Campus were supervised by Dr Keith Little and were awarded their degrees Cum Laude.  Graduate Richard Payn’s dissertation was titled - MANAGEMENT OF UROMYCLADIUM ACADIAE USING FUNGICIDES IN ACACIA MEARNSII PLANTATIONS, SOUTH AFRICA; Jonathan Roberts’ study focused on THE USE OF HERBICIDES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF EUCALYPTUS COPPICE IN SOUTH AFRICA. Kylle Schwegman’s dissertation is titled INTEGRATION OF EUCALYPTUS COPPICE REGENERATION WITH MECHANICAL HARVESTING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Etheresia Swart, whose studies (Master of Technology: Agriculture) were  supervised  by Prof Ters Brand and Mrs Maryna Lehmann-Maritz, focussed on EVALUATION OF NEAR INFRARED REFLECTANCE (NIR) SPECTROSCOPY TO DETERMINE THE NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF RAW MATERIALS  AND COMPOUND OSTRICH FEEDS.

Another study with a Forestry focus earned Sikhumbuzo Nxulamo the MTech: Forestry degree.  His dissertation is titled; A FIBRE UTILISATION COMPARISON OF TWO HARVESTING SYSTEMS IN EUCALYPTUS GRANDIS IN KWA-ZULU NATAL FORESTRY REGION OF SOUTH AFRICA. His supervisor and co-supervisor were industry stalwarts Dr Jaap Steenkamp and Mr Andrew McEwan respectively.

Masters of their subject... Prof Quinton Johnson, NMMU George Campus Principal (left) and the Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga (centre) with MSc graduates Kylle Schwegman, Richard Payn, Jonathan Roberts and Stefan Goets. 

Prof Andrew Leitch, NMMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Engagement with MEd graduate, Ms Christina Auerbach

NMMU George BCom Accounting graduates with their proud lecturers, Ewayne LeRoux (back, third from left), Peter Broderick (front, third left) and Catherine Fourie (front, sixth left).

Marketing Lecturer, Adele Potgieter (who is also set to be awarded her PhD degree from NMMU in Port Elizabeth this week), with an elated group of George Campus Marketing graduates.

Ndileka Mtshizana (Campus Librarian, left)) with Richard Muller, programme co-ordinator for Wood Technology, with students who graduated with qualifications in this field.

The NMMU George Campus Choir saluted graduates with song during the recent NMMU George graduation ceremony.

Colourful celebration of excellence at the 2017 NMMU George Autumn graduation.

Twenty postgraduate students in the Faculty of Law who had completed the newly introduced Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law Practice at the George Campus were amongst the growing cohort of students who graduated in George under the banner of five NMMU faculties in the past week. Some members of the group, featured here with a proud Prof Adriaan van der Walt (NMMU Law Faculty, back, centre), included NMMU George Director of Operations, Martin Loubser (front, second from left), and senior representatives from local government and business from the Southern Cape and beyond.

 

NMMU ready to host 3rd Provincial Conference on Sport at George Campus - 10 & 11 March 2017

NMMU and key stakeholders are pulling out all the stops to present the much anticipated Third Provincial Conference on Sport at the University’s George Campus on 10 and 11 March 2017.

This exciting event, presented under the theme of - Olympism – aims to “… bring together sport managers and sport administrators, coaches, athletes, local government and regional and provincial sport federations to foster ties in establishing a strong and unified representation of sport in the Western Cape”.   The  conference and its deliberations will support the building of a strong sport culture in our communities.

Furthermore, the conference seeks to “…link the pathway between the Olympism philosophy, Olympic values and the principles of Olympism.  The four sub-themes that will be addressed under the overarching thematic of Olympism are –

·         Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger)

·         Diversity and Inclusion

·         Governance, Leadership and Administration

·         Infrastructure and the role of government

The keynote address is set to be delivered by the WC MEC for Cultural Affairs & Sport; Me Anroux Marais, with several other high profile speakers who will speak to the central themes of the conference.

Registration is free for all participants. You will need to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements. To attend, please complete our electronic booking form on our webpage: http://sportsconference2017.nmmu.ac.za/

 

NMMU ACCOUNTING CAREER EVENING ON 2 MARCH

This evening is aimed at providing Gr 11 & 12 learners, educators/teachers and as well as their parents, with information about a career as a Chartered Accountant  (CA) and the Accounting programmes offered at NMMU School of Accounting.

To attend plz contact  Lona Thomas on 041 5042 620 or alternatively email accounting@nmmu.ac.za

The NMMU Accounting Career Evening takes place on 2 March 2017 at the Outeniqua High School in George. 


 

 

Internationally connected

About twenty first year students from countries across the globe have again chosen NMMU George Campus to commence their studies in a variety of programmes in the School of Natural Resource Management and Business.

Dr Nico Jooste, Snr Director of NMMU’s Office for International Education (third from left) and the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (third from right, back) took some time to warmly welcome and become better acquainted with the students soon after their arrival on campus. Amongst the students who were totally bowled over by the Campus’ natural beauty include (f.l.t.r.) Bongani Mngoma – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland;  Dr Chloe Guerbois – Postdoctoral Fellow – France; Tebello Motaba – 2nd yr BCom Accounting -  Lesotho; Alice Mheluka – 1st yr Forestry – Tanzania; Pascal Dembure – 2nd yr MSC Forestry – Zimbabwe; Eleonora Capassj - 1st yr Agri – Italy; Wogira Rogers – 1st yr Forestry – Uganda; Rebecca Ryen – 1st yr Nature Conservation – Italy; Lindokuhle Dlamini – 2nd yr MSC Forestry – Swaziland; Futhi Nxumalo – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland; Vuyile Dlamini – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland; Tematfombeni Magagula – 1st yr  Forestry – Swaziland and Lomcebo Dlamini – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland.

George Campus to host 2017 IFSA symposium

NMMU George Forestry students Sabelo Sithole, Kerry Smith and Ta­tenda Mapeto have represented NMMU with distinction at the 44th symposium of the International For­estry Students Association (IFSA) hosted by the Vienna University of Life Sciences in Austria during August.

During the conference proceedings, Sabelo Sithole was appointed as the Regional Representative for the South­ern Africa Region of IFSA (the Interna­tional Forestry Students Association), a position he will hold for the coming year.

NMMU George PhD student in For­estry, Tatenda Mapeto, who up to now has been an IFSA board member, as well as the Legal Statutes Councillor in the association, will continue to serve IFSA in an advisory position as execu­tive consulting member.

The symposium activities this year highlighted the growing global consen­sus on the need for the forestry indus­try to come out of the woods and step up to the notion that forests are more than just timber and fibre factories, especially in this era of global change.

This year’s conference theme, “Glob­al Forests, Regional Perspectives”, also set the scene for the 45th symposium which will be hosted in South Africa in 2017 with the captivating theme “Practising forestry in a diverse envi­ronment: Quo vadis?”

This exciting global event will probe the dynamics of practising forestry in a diverse environment from landscapes, to people and even forest product ranges. It will be hosted at the NMMU George Campus from 2 - 17July 2017, with George Campus Forestry students leading the organising team of all South African universities involved.

The pre-symposium activities are planned for 29 June – 1 July 2017.

Calling the “Mandela in all of us”

Deputy Minister Mfeketo kept her audience spellbound with an inspiring lec­ture on the life of Madiba on International Mandela Day. She is seated with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, who introduced her as speaker after the opening prayer delivered by Bishop Brian Marajh.

On International Mandela Day, 18 July, NMMU was graced with the insights and leadership of ANC stalwart, Ms Nom­alndiya Mfeketo, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, who inspired students, staff and the public with her very moving lec­ture titled “Searching for a Mandela in all of us: Celebrating the Life and Times of Madiba”.

Minister Mfeketo, who knew Madiba in person, gave an overview of his earlier years, testimony to his humility and hu­mane nature. Focusing on the outstand­ing leadership qualities of this interna­tionally respected icon, she emphasised the importance of self-awareness, having a sense of humour and the ability to for­give. “Hating clouds the mind”, she said, while cautioning that one should not al­low one’s ego to get in the way of doing what is right. “There is no denying that SA and the world is going through trying times” she said, but emphasised that the “world expects us to be exemplary”. “Being in service of our community is the highest calling”, she said, indicating that Madiba’s positive spirit is a powerful re­source to draw from.

This spirit is within all of us, she said, indicating that the ability to build is not something difficult. “We do not appre­ciate where this icon (Madiba) put us globally”, she said as she encouraged everyone to start at home, around the dinner table, in our churches and schools, to promote the values of unity and co-ex­istence – values which Madiba treasured and lived out.

In answering a suit of questions from the students and the attendees, this formidable woman emphasised that education is key to addressing the chal­lenges of poverty. “Education will allow us to be creators of employment and not to seek employment” she said. She also asserted the need for “selfless con­scientiousness” and “responsible active citizenship” to ensure that institutions (including government) fulfil their role as servants of the people, and not put themselves first.

 

Religious community embrace NMMU in prayer

NMMU’s relationship with our communities was stengthened through several engage­ments, inluding an inspiring and touching prayer service for the #FeesMustFall complexi­ties attended by some staff members at Christ The Redeemer Church in Thembalethu recently.

The service, led by Anglican Reverend Sha­ron Domingo-Blaauw, was also attended by about sixty members of the community, includ­ing school principals and educators who, given the challenging times faced by the university sector, including NMMU, embraced us in a pow­erful circle of prayer for our staff and students.

Rev Domingo-Blaauw’s scripture-inspired message honoured women especially in our collective universal struggle for social justice.

 Rev Lyndon du Plessis (front, centre) and Prof Quinton Johnson, Campus Principal (back, left), pictured with NMMU staff and members of the community at the church in Thembalethu where the inspiring Women’s Day service was presented in partnership with the university.

Boost for brighter futures

Chancellor Santie Botha, patron of the 3rd annual Chancellor’s Golf Day held at Fancourt in George this year, lost no time in getting better acquainted with the beneficiaries of the golf day – our aca­demically deserving 2016 “Madibaz Diamonds” who were awarded bursaries this year from the funds raised, amongst others, through last year’s golf day.

Chancellor Botha, who met with the bursars at the CHAN (Cultural, Heritage and Arts Centre) just prior to teeing off at Fancourt, was deeply touched by the strong set of family/community values ex­pressed by the students in response to her ques­tion as to whom they emulate as role models. This well-grounded team were in agreement that they admire and appreciate the positive example, lead­ership, support, tenacity and commitment they experienced from parent(s), older siblings, other family members, lecturers or fellow student leaders.

Half of the revenue from this year’s golf day (R78 000) has been donated to the Vice Chancellor’s fundraising initiative for academically deserving, but financially needy students, with the balance being added to the George Campus Student Development Fund.


Golf Day Action

The third annual Chancellor’s Golf Day played at the magnificent Fancourt Outeniqua for the first time, exceeded all expectations, again ensuring a healthy boost to the NMMU George Campus Development Fund for academically deserving students. The images below reflect some of the fun and action captured at this
exquisite course.

Madibaz Diamonds beam with joy!

An elated group of academically deserving students – this year’s beneficiaries of the Madibaz Diamond Bursary Fund – with Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, just after
receiving the good news that their applications for the bursary had been successful: (f.l.t.r.) Marketing student Anele Mnyengo, Lungila Pheta (Forestry), Phila Ngwilikane
(Nature Conservation), BCom students Azola Jubisa, Elmarie Hurter and Mikateko Mawila; as well as budding Tourism entrepreneurs, Lauren Jansen and Petunia Vuma.
Forestry student Jubilant Nkambule and BTech Nature Conservation student, Cyanne Young (the only postgraduate recipient) were not present when the photo was taken.
 
The recipients of the 2016 Madibaz were announced after a thorough evaluation of all the applications, a total of R100 000 was awarded to them.

Prof Johnson praised them for their hard work that was visible in their excellent academic records and their consistent outcomes which, along with their inspiring motivations, had assisted them in securing the financial support they needed to focus on their studies. He said that he really admired the excellent academic performance of the Madibaz Diamonds and their amazing resilience, which allows them to overcome adversity in life and succeed so magnificently.

Prof. Johnson established the bursary fund two years ago, with support from initiatives such as the NMMU Chancellor, Santie Botha’s George Golf Day, the Campus Principal’s Grand Ball, the World Forestry Indaba hosted at the Campus in 2015 and other fundraising endeavours.

Chancellor Botha met with this group of bursars just prior to participating in her third annual golf day in George during July. She indicated that she was bowled over by this well-grounded group of students, their determination to succeed and the solid set of values which they demonstrated during her engagement with them as young Madibaz


Research Excellence – Prof Dirk Roux

Congratulations to Adjunct Profes­sor Dirk Roux, one of SRU’s stalwart Research Associates, who was again awarded a highly respectable B3 rating by the National Research Foundation for the period 2017-2020.

According to NRF, B-ratings are re­served for “Researchers who enjoy consid­erable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs”.

NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof. Quinton Johnson, warmly congratu­lated Prof. Roux on his “Superb interna­tional rating, which recognizes the world-class research that he is undertaking as a sustainable futures leader”.

Said Prof. Andrew Leitch, NMMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement: “Congratulations! As one of our Adjunct Professors linked to our Sustainability Research Unit on our George campus, your continued associa­tion with our University is greatly appreci­ated. We also appreciate your seniority on the campus, in your supervision of our postgrad students and your support for the vision of the SRU. Thanks also for be­ing such a strong link between SANParks and NMMU. We will do what we can to support you as you further advance your research standing through the NMMU”.

The most recent list of SRU’s peer re­viewed publications can be accessed at http://sru.nmmu.ac.za/Publications/ Journal-Papers-and-Book-Chapters


Engagement Excellence Awarded

Congratulations to Prof Raymond Auerbach, whose work in the field of organic farming systems and food se­curity (locally and elsewhere on the African continent) has recently landed him a prestigious NMMU “Engagement Excellence Award”, in the individual category.

This is the second year in a row that NMMU acknowledges Prof Auerbach’s outputs. Last year he also received an Engagement Award for his work with local gardeners and planning of an AgriPark. He recently attended a colloquium to report on his work.

Prof Auerbach was also presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the African Union Commission in Nigeria last year - the citation lists his lifelong contribution as a champion of ecological organic agriculture in Africa.

Over the past three months Auerbach, who is an Associate Professor in Soil Sci­ence and Plant Production at NMMU’s School of Natural Resource Manage­ment at the George Campus, attended and presented papers in his field of ex­pertise at two major conferences in Cape Town, namely the World Public Health and Nutrition Conference with the Inter­national Organic Food Group, as well as the “Re-imagining Agriculture” confer­ence organised by the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies.

Follow the link to read Prof Auerbach’s article on organic farming: Raymond Auerbach Organic farming gets a bad rap. Why it shouldn’t.

 

SACDA Deans meet at George Campus

Commerce Deans from more than twenty universities across South Africa convened at the NMMU George Campus on 11 November for a meeting of the South African Commerce Deans Association (SACDA), as facilitated by the NMMU Executive Dean of Business and Economic Sciences, Prof Ismail Lagardien.

DST: Food Security Centre of Excellence

Industry representatives and scientists in the sphere of organic agriculture and economics from a number of universities across South Africa recently met at the NMMU George campus for discussions about soils and organic agriculture. A visit to the NMMU George Long-term Farming Systems Organic Research Trials located on campus was included in the itinerary for the day, along with an outline of the new ECOSOLA project on Food Security and Climate Change which the research group will be launching in Germany on 1 December.

Mrs Maryna Lehmann, Programme Co-ordinator for Agricultural Management was not present when the photograph was taken. During the visit to the research trials and per­maculture centre, Dr van der Waals and Prof La­buschagne took samples from the trial site to com­pare soil microbial activity between organic and conventional practices. 


Municipal Leadership plan for a sustainable city

The newly elected local government leadership, along with the administrative leaders/directors of the various departments of the George Municipal­ity lost no time to get down to business after the municipal elections that were conducted nation­ally during August.

The Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, was called upon to facilitate the first Lekgotla of the municipality to strategically plan for George as a Sustainable Futures City.

Quality education, viewed as a critical element of progress and building of sustainable communi­ties, is a high priority and a strength for the region.


Symposium for Church Leadership hosted at NMMU

The Church Leadership symposium hosted at the NMMU George Campus on 22 October 2016 is re­garded as another milestone in the process of devel­oping a new strategic growth plan for the Anglican Church of South Africa, with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, as facilitator. A significant focus of the deliberations was the issue of growing the church around young people especially – a very relevant and topical theme in the context of the complexities experienced by young people and the tertiary sector during the past year. In the spirit of support, the clergy members present also utilised the opportunity to pray for NMMU, our staff and stu­dents, and the university sector in general.


Forestry Forum to empower local communities

Executive Members of the Western Cape For­estry Sector Forum (WCFSF) gathered at the NMMU George Campus for a strategic workshop on 22 July chaired by the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson.

The WCFSF represents the Department of Agricul­ture, Forestry and Fisheries, Industry and 36 com­munities across the Western Cape.

The engagement focused on the development of a strategic plan for the sustainable future utilization of 22 000 hectares of forests for the socio-econom­ic development of local communities.

The delegation, who deliberated on how to advance this vital process, also met with NMMU’s new Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga (front, centre), featured here with Prof Johnson (to his right) and Prof Jos Louw (back). Prof. Louw delivered a presentation on the role of academic institutions in forestry education, training and plantations, as part of the information shared by community, industry and government stakehold­ers. The strategic plan is set to be finalized before the end of 2016.


Campus ambassadors crowned

If the outcomes of the 2016 Mr and Miss NMMU George pageant are anything to go by, the face of various industries (in the science and business spheres) are set to change forever.

Second year Tourism student, Ms Lithalethu Nqashosho and Mr Athenkosi Siyababalwa (centre), a third year student in the Forestry programme, scooped the coveted Miss and Mr NMMU George titles which will see them fulfilling an ambassadorial role for the campus in the months to come.

They will be assisted in carrying out this respon­sibility by the worthy runners-up -  2nd Prin­cess, Ms Nonkululeko Shelembe (3rd year Agricul­tural Management); the first runners-up - Ms lisa Horn (2nd year Nature Conservation) and Mr Delroy Bloem (3rd year Forestry), and Mr Eric Goold the 2nd Prince who is also a 2nd year student in Nature Conservation.

Invitation: Welcome Ceremony 2017

Race and Power Public Dialogue

NMMU and Human Rights Foundation focused on “First Nations” 

“From language and land to history and heritage in building a democratic South Africa!” This captivating theme forms the basis of a public dialogue to be hosted in Human Rights Month by the Foundation for Human Rights and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University here in the city of George. Read More

“Speaking to the spirit of Oom Bey: Twenty years into democracy”

Dr Brigalia Bam (the last Chancellor of the erstwhile UPE, prior to the merger which gave rise to NMMU) was the keynote speaker at a prestigious Dr Beyers Naudé Memorial lecture held at the NMMU George Campus in collaboration with NMMU’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy and the Kagiso Trust. Four well-opinionated youth panellists shared their views on the important lessons to be learnt from change-agents and role-models such as the late Dr Beyers Naudé. The group, featured with Dr Bam, included scholar Lauren Muller, and NMMU students , Awonke Kampie, Shalom Khandanisa (facilitator and NMMU alumnus), Nombuyiselo Duma and Rochelle van Rooyen.

Campus youth leaders meet CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation

Anathi Masebeni, outgoing chairperson of the NMMU George Student Council (left) joined the NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (centre) and Mr Sello Hatang, Chief Executive, Nelson Mandela Foundation, and members of the 2015 Student Council - (from left) Iviwe Sawuti, Thandekile Njozela, Fiswa Vilane, Isaac Shai, Khayelihle Ndlovu, Nandipha September and Apiwe Nyanisa for a first engagement at the start of the new Academic Year.

The Madibaz shared their insights on youth issues with Prof Johnson and his guest, Mr Hatang.

Mr Hatang strategically engaged Prof Johnson about the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the NMMU Global Leadership Institute for Sustainable Futures and the work that they will be doing together.

NMMU George Campus to offer Higher Certificate: IT in User Support Services from 2015

With the start of the 2015 academic year NMMU George Campus will offer a Higher Certificate programme in Information Technology in User Support Services. This one year qualification aims to produce graduates who are productive, competent, able to work independently and who can manage time effectively in entry-level IT technical user support positions that span a wide range of computing environments requiring support personnel. For more information, contact the George Campus at telephone no: 044 801 5111 or e-mail: george-info@nmmu.ac.za

Excellence – golden key to success!

Student members and guests who attended the Golden Key ceremony at the NMMU Chapter of Golden Key in Port Elizabeth were greatly inspired by the motivational message delivered by the keynote speaker, NMMU’s Prof Quinton Johnson.

Golden Key also utilised the opportunity to acknowledge Prof Johnson, the NMMU George Campus Principal,  by awarding him honorary membership, reserved only for those with a proven track record of outstanding achievement and excellence. He was congratulated by a Golden Key representative.

NMMU George Campus host business community

Thumbs up for business in George… Members of the George Business Chamber who attended the monthly networking evening hosted at the George Campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University recently were greeted by the vocal splendour of the vibrant Campus Choir.  They also engaged with the student leaders, featured here with Jonathan Stanton-Humphreys (Vice-president of the Chamber) (left), and (centre) Prof Quinton Johnson, the Campus Principal and Dr Willie Cilliers, the Chamber’s president.